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Discussion in '2 smokers' started by FloridaSteve, Dec 30, 2007.
Inspired by Herrero's GP Ossa?
My first bike and only 2 stroke. The MZ TS250. MZ was an East German company and sold quite well in Europe. I’m not sure if any made it across the Pond to the Americas. Older European riders should know MZ even if they didn’t own one. They were simple bikes with plenty of torque, awful brakes and only 6v electrics. However, I could ride at top speed of 80mph all day in reasonable comfort. The photo is me in 1980 in northern England. A few months later, a van turned in front of me in London and I hit it at 5-10mph which resulted in a written off bike but no injuries. I loved my first bike.
The whole story on the bike, by Steve Ledsham:
A diddled with DT 175
Swingarm looks like it could fold in half fairly quickly.
Used to be a twin shock bike by the look of it. My girl friend, now SWMBO, had one just like it when I met her back in 1981, twin shock anyway, and fitted with the 250's remote canister 'thermoflow' shocks.
1975 DT175, dual rear shocks originally.
That one looks well worn with substitute forks and front disk as well.
Fat midrange, odd monoshock, yammy deets and zingers were fun, as were ts, tc tm and rm’s, green top alloy tank snorts were fun as well. Old katooms deserve a mention along with maico ossa and bultaco, speedy working motors are real, sadly hodaka combat wombats are mythical dropbears.
Yamaha reinforced the swingarm with more gusseting for '76, despite still being a twin-shocker, so it wasn't all that robust to start with.
and a bit later went monoshock, my brother had one to commute on for a few years. Good bikes.
I had one of the monoshock models, it was awful.
Got my wife ‘78 DT175 during her learning curve. Rebuilt it from the crank up. Nice little bikes when used for their intended purpose.
I have a ‘72 RT2- it is far and away the most terrible motorcycle I’ve ever owned. Slow, lots of vibes, hard to start, weird egos, terrible brakes, marginal suspension, thirsty, tiny tank, etc.
Yet for some reason I adore the thing and enjoy every moment of its terribleness.
That fine Jawa kinda looks like it's related to Japanese enduro bikes from the late sixties - early seventies.
Brings back lots of memories! I used that same Rickman front fender on my R-5 cafe bike! I like that trick pipe with what we called a "Flipper" front cone where they were flared out to match the center section. I ran that exact same tire too. I guess I should have taken a pic of my bike. Anyway thanks for giving me flash backs!
The bike started out as a '72 DS-7 250. A little backstory on the one off pipe. It was designed by an engineer I worked with at the time. As luck would have it, he'd written his thesis on expansion chamber design and took an interest in our project build. He designed it and Bassani made the sections. The welder in our company shop assembled it.
Interesting info! I had a Daryl Bassani pipe on my Yamaha AT-1 MX desert racer. Later I worked for EC Birt building pipes at his Precision Cycles in So Calif. We experimented with the "Flipper" cone pipe for about a year. The first pipes used the flair on a shorter front cone to match the larger diameter center section. Later we dropped the flaring of the front cone and flared the rear cone instead. None of the "flipper" cone pipe were used on road racers, they were all for MX bikes, which was our big market.
Here is my highly modified AT-1 MX with the Bassani on my way to winning the 125cc novice class in the 1970 Barstow to Vegas desert race:
And yes, my ears still ring from that straight stinger!
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